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CANSA Board of Directors


  • Mr. Bugs Pancha

Board Members:

Non-Executive Directors:

  • Board Chair: Ms. Vuyokazi Funeka Memani-Sedile
  • Vice Board Chair: Ms Jené Palmer
  • Audit and Risk Committee Chair: Mr Bothwell A Mazarura
  • Investment Committee Chair: Ms Jené Palmer
  • Remuneration Committee (REMCO) Chair: Ms Jené Palmer (acting Chair while position is vacant)
  • Research Committee (RESCOM) Chair: Prof Iqbal Parker
  • Social and Ethics Committee Chair: Dr. Rosie Mngqibisa
  • Chairpersons Committee Chair: Ms Vuyokazi Memani-Sedile
  • Nominations Committee Chair: Ms Vuyokazi Memani-Sedile
  • Judge Dhaya Pillay

Executive Directors:

  • CEO: Mrs. Elize Joubert
  • CFO: Mr. Peter Mukheli – CV

Chairperson Board of Directors & CEO

Ms.Vuyokazi Funeka Memani-Sedile: Chairperson BOD

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Contact details

Tel: 011-616 7662
Email: Belinda Wessels –

Ms Elize Joubert: Chief Executive Officer CANSA

Elize Joubert CEO CANSA

Elize Joubert CEO CANSA


  • Matriculated in 1980
  • BA Social Work (Cum Laude) in 1984 – University Pretoria
  • MA Social Work in Community Work in 1989 – University Pretoria
  • Diploma in Management at the Business School at the University of the Free State in 1993

Cancer Control Experience

Elize Joubert has been part of the Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA) since 1990. She was appointed in 1991 as Provincial Director of CANSA: Free State and Northern Cape and the first Chief Operations Officer and Executive Director of the CANSA Board in September 2008. She has acted as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for CANSA on three occasions:

  • October 2001 – February 2002
  • November 2005 – May 2006
  • February 2014 – September 2015

Was appointed in October 2015 as (CEO) of CANSA.

She has contributed significantly to the development and growth of CANSA by:

  • Writing and composing various National Policy Documents.
  • Designing strategic CANSA business and operating models to take CANSA into the future with in-depth knowledge of CANSA and the cancer control and NPO industries.
  • Developing numerous manuals and modules regarding CANSA Service Delivery, Volunteer Programme and Human Resources Management.
  • Managing overall business risks and has contributed to CANSA being recognised as one of the most successful cancer control organisations in SA.

The Board of Directors renewed her five-year contract as CEO in May 2020 as a confirmation of her vision and expertise.

Recent Honours and Awards:

  • Won two awards in the 2015 Africa’s Most Influential Women (MIW) in Business & Government Awards:
    – ‘Country Winner for South Africa’
    – Winner for ‘SADC South Region’ Category: ‘Welfare and Civil Society Organisations’
  • Continental Winner of Africa’s Most Influential Women in Civil Society category in November 2015.
  • Top Women Award (Standard Bank) 2016 / 2017 in Public Service Category.
  • One of five finalists for Corporate Top Performing SA Business Leader of the Year Award 2017 in the open category. Only CEO of a Non-Profit Organisation to ever reach this position in the 13 years of this Award.
  • Finalist in Top Business Woman of the Year Award 2017 for Top Performing Public Service in SA.
  • Finalist in the Social Entrepreneurship category of the Business Woman of The Year Awards in 2018.
  • Was honoured with a Leadership Recognition Award by Mamello Trading and the University of Free State in 2019 as one of seven leading women in senior positions who continue to inspire confidence in other women in the rest of the country.
  • Under her leadership, CANSA has won numerous awards including the Most Trusted Charity and its integrated report has won the best report three times in the NGO sector See for a full list of CANSA awards.

Positions held as Boards of Directors and other national and international positions / collaborations / contributions:

  • Serves as a Board member of the South African Non-Communicable Diseases Alliance (SA NCD Alliance) since 2014 which networks includes many organisations across multiple sectors.
  • Serves on the Executive Committee of the Cancer Alliance in South Africa since 2014. The Cancer Alliance consists of 26 member organisations working in the cancer control arena in SA.
  • Served over the years on many forums and task teams per invitation and election of the Provincial and National Department of Health and Department of Social Development, the Office of the President and various NGO Forums. Elize has received acknowledgement from the National Minister of Welfare for this initiative and contribution to better relationships between Private Welfare and the Provincial Welfare Department in the Free State.
  • Mentored many upcoming NPO’s / civil society groups over the years including ongoing mentorship to the CEO who is also a Board member of the Cancer Association of Botswana.
  • As CEO, she ensures CANSA networks and collaborates with partners as wide as possible over the globe to mobilise resources and to contribute to cancer control in South Africa and Africa.
  • Attended at the first, second, fourth and seventh International Conferences for Cancer Organisations, respectively held in Melbourne 1996, Atlanta 1999, Ireland 2004, Canada in 2011, China in 2014, Paris 2016 and Kuala Lumpur in 2018. Delivered papers on Care and Support Service aspects and Governance of CANSA at the conferences.
  • Represented CANSA at all UICC Leadership Forums held since 2013.
  • Participated in UICC CEO Forum
  • As CEO, she has represented South Africa at the NCD Alliance at the World Health Organization Assembly in Geneva in May 2017.
  • Represented UICC at the World Health AFRO Meeting in Zimbabwe in August 2017.
  • In June 2018, she attended the United Nations High Level meeting regarding NCD’s in Washington as representative of Global NCDA.
    She further represented CANSA and the SA NCD Alliance at the Global NCD Alliance Conferences in Sharjah in the United Arab
  • Emirates in November 2015 and December 2017 as well as in Washington in June 2018.
  • In April 2020 Elize was invited by the UICC, to be part of its Global Advocacy Advisory Group.

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